Gain a competitive edge by earning a certificate.

Develop your skills in a particular area by earning an optional certificate in addition to your major.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship can complement any field of study. Gain the tools and skills you need to familiarize yourself with tasks such as market assessment, capital formation, business planning, effective communication, staffing, systems design, financial planning and operations management. This certificate focuses on the research, planning, and strategies that are critical to start a new business, take over a family business, or quickly advance in your field. The program is open to all undergraduate students at UM-Dearborn, as well as guest students with or without college degrees. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship requires 3 courses (9 credit hours).


Current UM-Dearborn undergraduate students: 

  • Open to anyone with a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Students must declare their intent to pursue the Entrepreneurship certificate by submitting the Declaration of Certificate to their academic unit office.

Guest students:

  • Open to anyone interested in learning more about entrepreneurship.
  • Certificate-seeking students must submit the UM-Dearborn Certificate Application and their official university transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's degree must also include a resume and statement of purpose with their application. Admission to people without an undergraduate degree will be limited to five each semester. 
Core Courses

Choose Three Courses

ENT 400 - Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behavior
ENT 401 - New Venture Planning and Entrepreneurial Processes
ENT 402 - Entrepreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneurship, and Society
ENT 403 - Social Entrepreneurship, Community Leadership, and Social Impact

Goals of the Certificate

Goal 1: Students will apply a working knowledge of the principles of entrepreneurship to analysis and problem solving. Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • 1a Creatively analyze the business environment for opportunities
  • 1b Recognize problems and convert them into opportunities

Goal 2: Students will understand how to apply entrepreneurial techniques in an organizational setting. Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • 2a Use the entrepreneurial mindset in various business settings
  • 2b Apply the concepts of entrepreneurship in their chosen field of work

Goal 3: Students will gain an understanding of the steps that might take in their own entrepreneurial pursuits. Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • 3a Identify local resources for starting their own entrepreneurial ventures

Certificate in Financial Planning

The Financial Planning certificate complements a number of fields, such as finance, marketing, accounting, and economics. Gain the tools and skills you need to familiarize yourself with tasks such as personal financial planning, investment planning, retirement planning, tax planning, estate planning, and risk management. The program is open to all undergraduate students at UM-Dearborn.

Students interested in preparing for the professional financial planning examinations may wish to complete the Financial Planning minor, which includes the courses in this certificate program.


The certificate in Financial Planning is available to current UM-Dearborn undergraduate students: 

  • Open to any UM-Dearborn undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Must declare the Financial Planning certificate by submitting the Declaration of Certificate to their academic unit office.
Core Courses

(4 courses/12 credits)

FIN 411 - Financial and Insurance Planning Fundamentals
FIN 412 - Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

Choose two from the following:

ACC 360 - Federal Income Taxation
FIN 407 - Investment Fundamentals
MKT 434 - Sales Management and Personal Selling

Note that the required courses have a prerequisite (FIN 401).  This course is required of College of Business students but would be an addition to the 12 credit requirement for most students not in the College of Business.

Goals of the Certificate

Goal 1: Students will explain the components of financial planning.

Goal 2: Students will be able to develop a retirement savings plan for an individual.

Goal 3: Students will describe an ethics framework for a personal financial planner.

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